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  • The nationality of anchoring.
    21st October 2020 Ilha Da Culatra, Olhão, Portugal Based upon our recent experience in Isla Da Culatra different nationalities prepare for storms in quite different ways. Germans tend to carefully lay out their anchor and chain a respectable distance from other boats and in the right depth of water to give themselves the best ride….
  • The worst nightmare: Fire.
    15th October 2020 Portimão, Portugal – Ilha Da Culatra, Portugal Some things on boats are scary. Some things on boats are dangerous. Some things on boats are so gut wrenchingly terrifying they turn you cold with sweat are the things of pure nightmares, and no matter how much training you have you’ll never be ready…
  • By Sea By Land.
    11th October 2020 Portimão, Portugal The Royal Navy is proud that it can see the world by water. The Royal Marines on the other hand live by their motto ‘By Sea By Land’. We often think of the Royal Navy as we tour coastlines and explore sights and sounds we couldn’t dream off. Since arriving…
  • Goodbyes and hellos.
    4th October 2020 Sagres, Portugal – Portimão, Portugal via Lagos, Portugal The town of Lagos comes in many forms. There is the town in Nigeria which is full of colour and vibrancy; there is one in Chile that is surrounded by high hills that look down onto deep fjords; there is another, east of Jakarta…
  • Never judge a book by its cover.
    29th September 2020 Sesimbra, Portugal – Sagres, Portugal via Sines, Portugal Appearances can be deceptive. Some anchorages can be a hidden delight behind a facade of industry, while others which on paper, look perfect in every way can turn out to have a bite much worse than their bark. Sometimes the forecast looks perfect and…
  • 2 is company, 3 is a…….
    24th September 2020 Seixal, Portugal – Sesimbra, Portugal via Cascais, Portugal Apparently, 2 is company and 3 is a crowd. With Ruffian excited about new crew arriving in Cascais and with new friends in tow; 3 was going to be a party, 4 would be a gathering and 5 would be a fiesta. With the…
  • A world of firsts.
    20th September 2020 Marina Parque das Nações (Marina Expo), Lisbon, Portugal – Sexial, Portugal The aquatic lifestyle enables us to sample lots of firsts. On the plus side there is the first sail at night, the first ocean crossing, the first sandy beach and the first snorkelling with turtles. On the downside there is the…
  • Work and play.
    16th September 2020 Cascais, Portugal, Marina Parque das Nações (Marina Expo), Lisbon, Portugal Usually work stops play. In a factory the buzzer sounds loud and all the workers stop their frolicking, return to their stations and start their days labour. It’s pretty unusual for the luxury of play stopping work, but with Ruffian needing a…
  • Pleasure and pain
    11th September 2020 Pavoa de Vazim, Portugal – Cascais, Portugal If you use the phrase ‘pleasure and pain’ in the wrong company you’ll be given some hard stares and have to answer some pretty difficult questions. If you were to ask the Ruffians about their time in Pavoa and then their trip south to Cascais…
  • Just another……
    7th September 2020 Baiona, Spain – Pavoa de Vazim, Portugal Setting your expectations correctly is important. Set them too high and you’ll be disappointed, set them to low and you may never embark on the planned activity. We had our expectations set of having just another sail, to just another country, to visit just another…